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(Anthology) Undead in the West: (9/18/11 abstracts; 2/15/12 essays)

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 8:20am
Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Call for Contributors

Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier (anthology; under contract)

Deadline for abstracts: September 18, 2011. Volume to be published in 2012.

Women Writing

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 2:24am
Asha Choubey

After the success of our book Women on Women; we are looking for quality papers on women writers across boundaries of nation/state/age/class. Suggested Topics:

Women and sexuality
Women and Queer desire
Lesbian Studies
Women and nation
women and change
Women and Sensuality
Women and religion
Please send a 150-200 word abstract along with a brief bio to by 21 August 2011. Full papers shall be expected by 30 December 2011.

ACIS Midatlantic (Riverdale, NY) Interrogating the Urban: Irish cities, cultures and identities (9/30 to 10/1)

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 10:24pm
American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) midatlantic regional conference

ACIS Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, 2011, INTERROGATING THE URBAN: Irish cities, cultures and identities. September 30th and October 1, 2011. Manhattan College. Riverdale, NY.

We invite you to join us at the ACIS Mid-Atlantic regional conference at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. In what ways do Irish urban spaces and urban concerns shape national policy or culture in Ireland? How does Irish urban geography, or the representation of it (in film, fiction, poetry and popular culture), inform our positions as scholars of Irish history, literature, and identity?

Fifty Years After Faulkner: Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha, July 7-11, 2012

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 10:20pm
Jay Watson / University of Mississippi

July 6, 2012, will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of William Faulkner. This milestone presents an opportunity to reexamine and perhaps reappraise Faulkner's life, his work, and his place in U.S., southern, and 20th-century literary studies. The 39th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference welcomes submissions that pursue such reflections, "Fifty Years after Faulkner."

Old Norse, Contemporary of Middle English (47th ICMS at Kalamazoo, May 10-13th, 2012)

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 8:49pm
Matthew Scribner / Queen's University, Kingston

The comparison of Old Norse literature to Old English literature is now a frequent and established practice. The cultural parallels between the two are clear enough, but what about Old Norse's connections to Middle English? Old Norse literature had a head start, but many of its most famous works were produced in the same period that gave rise to Chaucer and the first Middle English romances, between 1200 and 1400. The influences and analogues run from the broad to the specific. There are broad themes, motifs, and texts that the two literatures have in common, like the Icelandic romances (riddarasögur) that share Old French sources with Middle English romances.

"Prospects: A New Century" - Deadline: 10/1/2011 - Conference: 4/12/2012-4/15/2012

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 4:46pm
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

"Prospects: A New Century"
Berkeley, California
April 12-15, 2012
Hosted by the University of California, Berkeley

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists seeks paper and panel submissions to its second biennial conference, which will take place April 12-15, 2012 at the historic Berkeley City Club and at the beautiful University of California, Berkeley campus.

[Update} The Function of Ecocriticism at the Present Time

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 1:10pm
Journal of Ecocriticism

Critique, even that which finds little to love in its object, is rarely cynical. Critics are by definition optimists. Even those who enjoy nothing more than shredding a text or a rival strand of thought do so under the sign of hope: for interpretive clarity, for historical accuracy, for alternative perspective, and so on. And in the end, isn't some version of utopia, grand or small, at stake in all critical acts? Why else criticize if not to forward, even backhandedly, a glimpse of the world one wishes to see?

[UPDATE] 'Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance', 30 August-2 September 2012.

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:05am
Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this theme. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of the Southern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (accredited for South African research subsidy purposes).

We are proud to announce that Helen Fulton, BA (Sydney), Dip. Celt (Oxon.), Ph.D. (Sydney) has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the conference.

Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2012

Venue: Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Postcoloniality in the Wake of the "Arab Spring"

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 10:26am
NeMLA Convention, 2012

This panel intends to investigate the relationship between the recent strike wave that swept across North Africa and the Middle East, among other areas of the world, and the "genre" of postcoloniality. The objective of this panel is twofold: (1) to analyze how the strike wave has contributed to a "remapping" of the theoretical, cultural, and political dimensions of postcoloniality and (2) to contextualize the ways in which the strike wave is an expression of a thoroughgoing critique of postcolonialism, articulated by such theorists as E. San Juan Jr., Arif Dirlik, Arundhati Roy, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, and Vijay Prashad, all of whom have addressed the ensuing debates between materialist and essentialist conceptions of postcoloniality.

CFP: The Laboring Mediterranean (Kalamazoo May 2012; Sept. 15 deadline)

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 10:12am
Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Michigan

Call for Papers: The Laboring Mediterranean

**Please post and forward widely**

This session, sponsored by Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Michigan, will take place at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, 2012 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

[UPDATE] CFP: The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 8:18am
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

The Muse-An International Journal of Poetry (ISSN 2249–2178) call for submissions

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 12:04am
The Muse-An International Journal of Poetry (ISSN 2249–2178)

'The Muse-An International Journal of Poetry' (ISSN 2249–2178) is calling for submission of oroginal and unpublished (both print and online) poems, research papers on poetry and book reviews of latest poetry books for December 2011 issue. Last date of Submission is November 10, 2011. Website :, Email: .

Submission Guidelines:
1. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished (both print and online, not even published on blogs,literary or discussion forums or social networking sites), and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

On the Job Training: Media Industries and the Cultivation of Labor by Aug 10th (SCMS March 21-25, 2012))

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:37pm
Jonathan Cohn/ UCLA

This panel will focus on the various ways by which media industry professionals learn their trade. As a result of economic, technological and cultural shifts, the routes by which one gets a job in a media industry is rapidly transforming. In the process, whether they are seeking above or below the line positions, the ways by which these workers learn their trade is also in a state of flux. While the number of film schools in America continues to grow, many necessary skills are often still learned on the job. Even with the continual anecdotal stories of actors and directors being discovered via YouTube, Hollywood and other media industries continue to heavily rely on a system of guild and union apprenticeships, internships and unpaid labor.